Born in a small oil town in Sarawak, raised as a third generation Chinese in Brunei, I received my higher education in Australia, had lived in Jakarta, and worked in Singapore. I was told that I embody the ASEAN identity, whatever that means.
It is therefore not surprising that my fascination with issues on identity and diversity has got something to do with my own life trajectory.
As an Asia specialist, I have taught courses on contemporary Asia and conducted extensive research on Indonesia and the region for the past ten years. With the rise of Asia, I am especially excited by the boundless potentials that this region could bring to the world.
I am multilingual, multicultural, and am an avid believer of diversity - I speak English, Mandarin, Indonesian, Malay and a few Chinese dialects.